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Barnet FC vs Stockport County: A 'dismal' home defeat

Barnet FC were beaten 5-0 at home by Stockport County FC on a cold Saturday afternoon at the Hive

By Nnamdi Onyeagwara 03 February 2022

Barnet FC were beaten 5-0 at home by Stockport County FC on a dismal Saturday at the Hive. It was a cold afternoon when the full-time whistle blew, bringing to an end the clear dominance and footballing brilliance from table-topping side Stockport.Barnet FC were beaten 5-0 at home by Stockport County FC on a dismal Saturday at the Hive. It was a cold afternoon when the full-time whistle blew, bringing to an end the clear dominance and footballing brilliance from table-topping side Stockport.

Dave Challinor’s team recorded their ninth straight win on Saturday and did so in convincing fashion. The match was tense right from the off. The away fans, who were electric all game, seemed to transmit energy to the away side and this seemed to rattle the Bees, with two early yellow cards within the first 20 minutes of the game seeing Harry Taylor and Reiss Greenidge get booked. The latter was lucky to be on the pitch by the 30th minute, as a challenge on the edge of the box was arguably a red card. He was substituted at half time. Dave Challinor’s team recorded their ninth straight win on Saturday and did so in convincing fashion. The match was tense right from the off. The away fans, who were electric all game, seemed to transmit energy to the away side and this seemed to rattle the Bees, with two early yellow cards within the first 20 minutes of the game seeing Harry Taylor and Reiss Greenidge get booked. The latter was lucky to be on the pitch by the 30th minute, as a challenge on the edge of the box was arguably a red card. He was substituted at half time.

The first half saw a flurry of Stockport chances, with Hogan’s unmarked header going wide in the 20th minute, Paddy Madden’s header going wide three minutes later, and Ryan Rydel clipping the bar from a freekick in the 32nd minute. The breakthrough should have really been in the 39th minute as Ryan Croasdale, when one-on-one with the keeper, could not open the scoring and forced a fantastic save from Barnet goalkeeper, Aston Oxborough. The first half saw a flurry of Stockport chances, with Hogan’s unmarked header going wide in the 20th minute, Paddy Madden’s header going wide three minutes later, and Ryan Rydel clipping the bar from a freekick in the 32nd minute. The breakthrough should have really been in the 39th minute as Ryan Croasdale, when one-on-one with the keeper, could not open the scoring and forced a fantastic save from Barnet goalkeeper, Aston Oxborough.

The deadlock inally broken in first half stoppage time, when a cross came into the Barnet box and was headed past Oxborough by Will Collar. The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with Barnet seemingly struggling, and the Hatters dominating possession. They made it 2-0 when an in-swinging corner from Ridley was headed in by centre-back Ryan Johnson in the 52nd minute. 14 minutes later, it was 3-0. Another Ridley corner, this time being headed in by the unmarked County captain, Liam Hogan.The deadlock inally broken in first half stoppage time, when a cross came into the Barnet box and was headed past Oxborough by Will Collar. The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with Barnet seemingly struggling, and the Hatters dominating possession. They made it 2-0 when an in-swinging corner from Ridley was headed in by centre-back Ryan Johnson in the 52nd minute. 14 minutes later, it was 3-0. Another Ridley corner, this time being headed in by the unmarked County captain, Liam Hogan.

In stoppage time, the Hatters completed the rout with two quickfire goals. The first came in the 91st minute. John Rooney, in his last game for County, caught Barnet's free kick defence off guard with a ball over the top, and Connor Jennings chested the ball down and volleyed into the far corner. The fifth and final goal of the day came in the 94th minute, with Ridley completing his hat-trick of assists with another ball into the box and Johnson completing his brace, heading in again. In stoppage time, the Hatters completed the rout with two quickfire goals. The first came in the 91st minute. John Rooney, in his last game for County, caught Barnet's free kick defence off guard with a ball over the top, and Connor Jennings chested the ball down and volleyed into the far corner. The fifth and final goal of the day came in the 94th minute, with Ridley completing his hat-trick of assists with another ball into the box and Johnson completing his brace, heading in again.

Some boos from the remaining Barnet fans at the full-time whistle were drowned out by the cheers of “we always win away” and “we are top of the league,” from the opposing County fans. Some boos from the remaining Barnet fans at the full-time whistle were drowned out by the cheers of “we always win away” and “we are top of the league,” from the opposing County fans.

Simply put, Stockport excelled. They won all their duels, they kept possession and frustrated not only the home team but also the home crowd. Scott Quigley and Paddy Madden’s tireless work at the front encapsulated the attitude of the team, and both were unlucky not to get themselves on the scoresheet on the day. The two wingbacks, Macauley Southam-Hales and Ryan Rydel, were brilliant – the latter getting a hat-trick of assists and giving the unfortunate debuting right-back, Teddy Howe, a torrid time. Their back three was as solid as ever with centre-backs Liam Hogan and Ryan Johnson grabbing goals. It was a disciplined, controlling, confident and spirited performance from the Hatters, and manager Dave Challinor deserves all the praise for setting this team up. Their 3-4-1-2 formation nullified any threat from Barnet, who did not register a shot on target in the game. Of course, goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe did not have to break a single sweat.Simply put, Stockport excelled. They won all their duels, they kept possession and frustrated not only the home team but also the home crowd. Scott Quigley and Paddy Madden’s tireless work at the front encapsulated the attitude of the team, and both were unlucky not to get themselves on the scoresheet on the day. The two wingbacks, Macauley Southam-Hales and Ryan Rydel, were brilliant – the latter getting a hat-trick of assists and giving the unfortunate debuting right-back, Teddy Howe, a torrid time. Their back three was as solid as ever with centre-backs Liam Hogan and Ryan Johnson grabbing goals. It was a disciplined, controlling, confident and spirited performance from the Hatters, and manager Dave Challinor deserves all the praise for setting this team up. Their 3-4-1-2 formation nullified any threat from Barnet, who did not register a shot on target in the game. Of course, goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe did not have to break a single sweat.

But Barnet need to brush off the cobwebs from this heavy defeat quickly, and not let it damage them, as they have made good progress in recent weeks. As Interim Barnet head coach, Dean Brennan, said in a post-match interview: “If anyone finishes above [Stockport], they will win the league.” But Barnet need to brush off the cobwebs from this heavy defeat quickly, and not let it damage them, as they have made good progress in recent weeks. As Interim Barnet head coach, Dean Brennan, said in a post-match interview: “If anyone finishes above [Stockport], they will win the league.”